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BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Italy, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by goregirl

Bloody Pit of Horror only garnered a 3/5 rating but it is so cheerfully insane I felt it positively screamed for a review! Bloody Pit of Horror is light on story, the gore is crappy (what there is of it), and then there is the performances; more accurately there is Mickey Hargitay’s performance! Such utterly unrestrained orgasmic vitamin B Goodness!

Travis Anderson is a former actor, now a recluse misanthrope living in a castle formerly belonging to a sadistic executioner. The former resident known as the Crimson Executioner was himself executed by one of his own torture devices and remains sealed inside the contraption in the castle’s dungeon. A photographer along with a group of models break into the castle for a shoot thinking it abandoned. They soon meet their inhospitable host who initially insists they leave immediately. After Travis gets a glimpse of one of the lovely ladies he agrees to let the group spend the night, but forbids them to enter the dungeon. The photographer and company head for the forbidden dungeon post-haste which inevitably results in their demise.

Bloody Pit of Horror opens with a quote from the Marquis de Sade “My vengeance needs blood.” Then we meet the Crimson Executioner while being locked inside a closet full of spikes which comes complete with a peek-a-boo window so you can watch your victim die! The Executioner promises to get his revenge before he shuffles off this mortal coil. And the voiceover warns “Let no man dare break the seal!” Once the unwelcomed house guests wander down to the dungeon it takes no time at all before the seal inadvertently becomes dislodged. All it took was an axe mounted on a wall to get knocked and presto! It is pretty amazing that it managed to stay sealed since 1648 (as per the introductory voice over). I wonder what sort of commission the real estate agent got for selling a castle complete with infamous executioner locked in fully furnished torture chamber?! It is possible that Travis Anderson was already under the influence of the Crimson Executioner but shit starts to hit the fan following the event.

The scantily clad models and their male counterparts are not the sharpest lot. To mix things up a bit they include Edith, the one conservative woman in the group who was not employed as a model. She even had a history with Travis when he was a gamefully employed actor. Rick represents for the male side and is the film’s hero. He reminded me of Joe Pesci for some reason and plays the part straight up serious. It was difficult to take anything about this film seriously, but he wasn’t too bad. There is a scene where he is forced to pull himself along on his belly under a spider web booby-trap. The scene goes on forever, and might have even been intense if the rest of it wasn’t so freaking funny! The crazy spider web booby-trap was quite the sight! Each thread in the web is connected to a mounted arrow that threatens release with even the lightest touch; the lovely Kinojo caught in the centre of the web with a big clunky mechanical poisonous spider coming ever closer! The cast are pretty incidental as it is Mickey Hargitay who gives what may well be the single most outrageously deranged, hysterically funny performances I have seen from a villain! At one point he has a trio of women in torture devices and runs from one to the other with the enthusiasm of a kid at Christmas who can’t decide which present to open first! They give him some absolutely incredible lines which beg to be heard. The best scene comes when Travis now completely possessed by the evil spirit of the Crimson Executioner has a candid conversation with his one time love Edith. He stands in front of a mirror oiling up his manly bare chest as he speaks of inferior humans who threaten to compromise his perfect body! This scene alone is worth the price of the DVD! And it gets better! He dons bright red tights, a Zorro-like mask, a nice red hood and of course a big tacky old medallion to adorn that well-oiled manly chest! I literally had tears in my eyes from laughing and had to pause the DVD twice! I would be amiss if I didn’t mentioned the Batman-esque identically dressed henchmen. Wow! 1000 times wow!

The castle is super cool and the torture devices are pretty damn creative. Too bad the gore they include is so incredibly crappy because the torture devices were diabolically inspired! The props and set pieces were actually quite impressive for a cheapo film. A significant amount of people die and a few are tortured to death but none of it is even remotely terrifying. Bloody Pit of Horror is so damn campy it is impossible to take any aspect of the film seriously. Technically speaking Bloody Pit of Horror has a weak plot and a dumb story, hilariously bad acting, insanely goofy dialog and crummy effects but there is part of me that wants to give this film a 5/5!! If for no other reason you must visit Bloody Pit of Horror for Mickey Hargitay’s Crimson Executioner; one of the most side-splittingly, insanely-zealous, crazed villains of all time! For fans of camplicious eurotrash Bloody Pit of Horror is highly recommended, for anyone else, enter at your own risk.

Dungeon Rating: 3/5

Directed By: Massimo Pupillo

Starring: Mickey Hargitay, Walter Brandi, Luisa Baratto, Rita Klein, Alfredo Rizzo, Barbara Nelli, Moa Tahi, Femi Benussi, Ralph Zucker, Nando Angelini

STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER (1975) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Italy, movies with tags , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by goregirl

It was Edwige Fenech’s name that got my attention but I was dying of curiosity to see what director Andrea Bianchi’s version of a giallo would look like. Bianchi has directed some pretty entertaining but absurd and unintelligible films. Much to my surprise Bianchi who wrote and directed, puts together a decent little film with a plot that is actually coherent. Of course, it is also sleazy, cheesy and violent! Even if you despised the film you certainly couldn’t say Strip Nude For Your Killer doesn’t live up to its titular promise!

The film opens with model Evelyn dying of a massive coronary while having a back-alley abortion. The horrific event initiates a chain of deaths starting with the man who performed the abortion. Soon Evelyn’s former co-workers at the Albatross Modeling Agency begin turning up dead.
Strip Nude For Your Killer is a whodunit with plenty of red herrings to throw you off the scent. Among the players is photographer Carlo, an aggressive, overly confident ladies man who sometimes gets a little rougher than necessary. The seemingly sweet Magda, Carlo’s assistant, shows her catty side when introduced to his newest model discovery, the shapely Lucia. Lucia clearly has her own agenda and is even willing to get into bed with the boss to further her career. The boss Giselle is a hard, unsmiling, manipulative woman who has a preference for the ladies but is married to the sweaty obese Maurizio. Maurizio can’t keep his eyes off the merchandise especially model Doris. Everyone in the entire film is a suspect but with every corpse the list of possibilities gets slimmer.

Strip Nude For Your Killer may have shades of Bava’s Blood And Black Lace but it definitely has the Bianchi signature. You get nudity in the first scene and there is plenty more where that came from! Everyone gets naked, even the portly Maurizio strips down to his giant undies. There is a significant body count and the violence is plentiful. It is not as gory as Bianchi’s later films, but it is considerably bloodier than other giallo from the period. It does however lack the stylistic visuals of its peers. But what it lacks in style it makes up with substance. Not substance where it relates to the story however. Hell no! While it may be more coherent than the directors other films it isn’t exactly original. But Bianchi gets big points for giving the viewer an all you can eat buffet of exactly what they came for; nudity and death!

There are all sorts of displays of 70’s machoism throughout the film. In one particularly ugly display Carlo loses his patience and grabs Magda by the throat. He controls himself and let’s go before choking her to death. It isn’t so much the act I found odd, it is actually Magda’s reaction to it. She looks mildly disturbed for a second and goes back to reading the newspaper like nothing happen. The acting is decent but the insanely adorable Edwige Fenech is definitely the highlight. She’s like a delightfully uninhibited Nancy Drew getting naked and sleuthing her way through the film.

Strip Nude For Your Killer is an entertaining 70’s giallo that might be thin on story and not all that original but its thick with what its subtle title promises. It’s lively, fun and there is death, nudity and Edwige Fenech. Recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Andrea Bianchi

Starring: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi, Solvi Stubing, Amanda, Franco Diogene, Lucio Como, Erna Schürer